DEADLINE EXTENDED: Heroes in Popular Culture Area CFP - MPCA/MACA Conference (Oct. 18-22 2017 in St. Louis, MO)

deadline for submissions: 
May 15, 2017
full name / name of organization: 
Midwest Popular Culture Association/Midwest American Culture Association
contact email: 

Call for Papers:


2017 Midwest Popular Culture Association/Midwest American Culture Association Conference

Oct. 18-22, 2017

St. Louis, MO (Hyatt Regency St. Louis at the Arch)

Submission Deadline: May 15, 2017


Papers can explore any topic relating to heroes and/or prevailing notions of heroism as they present themselves in popular culture. Topics may include, but are not limited to:


-Superheroes and action stars as heroic icons

-Video games and the experience of vicarious/learned heroism

-Connections between violence and heroism

-The gendering of heroism

-Heroines in young adult fiction

-Anti-heroes in media

-Pop culture heroes and religion/mythology

-Hero worship

-Real world heroes in the news and biographies


Please upload 250 word abstract proposals on any aspect of Heroes in Popular Culture to the Heroes in Popular Culture area,


Any questions? Please email Area Chair Jef Burnham at

More information about the conference can be found at


Also, please note the availability of graduate student travel grants:


Please include name, e-mail address, and affiliation with the 250 word abstract. Also, please indicate in your submission whether your presentation will require an LCD Projector.